Kingston, 8 May 2018 - After six rounds of grueling arguments for and against, Munro College emerged winners of the 2018 Burger King National Secondary Schools Debate Competition. Over 60 schools participated in the competition leading up to the nail-biting final between Mannings High School and the Munro College.
The teams presented either for “The Government” or “The Opposition” on the moot “This House prefers the implementation of social intervention strategies as opposed to the Declaration of States of Emergencies in high crime areas”.
Munro, representing “The Opposition” successfully presented strong arguments in favour of the Zones of Special Operation (ZOSO), presenting charts to bolster their claim that these targetted security and community development measures are critical to reducing crime. Once success is achieved there, they said, social intervention programmes could be implemented and would have a greater rate of success.
The island-wide competition saw eight teams making it to the quarter finals and vying for $900,000 in cash and prizes. They were Munro College, Mannings High School, Cedar Grove Academy, Merl Grove High School, Ascot High School, York Castle High School, Meadowbrook High School and Manchester High School.
The annual competition has been lauded by the participants for honing their argumentative, writing, research and critical thinking skills and assisting in their preparation for CSEC and CAPE examinations.
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TOP DEBATER: Sabrena McDonald Radcliffe (right), Head of Sales and Marketing at Restaurant Associates Ltd, franchise holders in Jamaica for Burger King, presents the award for the “Top Debater of the series” in the 2018 Burger King Debate Competition to Jhenelle Small of Mannings High School. Mannings was the highest scoring team of the competition.
Richard Lake (left), Group Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Associates Ltd., franchise holders for Burger King in Jamaica, presents the champions trophy in the 2018 Burger King Debate Competition to the victorious Munro College team (2nd l-r): Matthew Williams, Joshray Green and Roshaun Wynter. Joshray was adjudged “Best Debater” at the finals.
Ricardo Brooks (right), Sponsorship and Public Relations Manager of Restaurant Associates Ltd. franchise holders for Burger King in Jamaica, presents a plaque to Sherisa Pinnock of Cedar Grove Academy, Top School in Zone 3 (St. Catherine, St Mary and Portland) in the 2018 Burger King Debate Competition.
Lois Lake Sherwood (left), Chair of Restaurant Associates Ltd., franchise holders for Burger King in Jamaica, presents the 2nd place trophy in the 2018 Burger King Debate Competition to (2nd l-r) Heidi Dixon, Jahfahr Thompson and Jhenelle Small.